Shaw Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived by a copse or thicket, Middle English s(c)hage, s(c)hawe (Old English sceaga), or a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with this word. The English surname was also established in Ireland in the 17th century. Scottish and Irish: adopted as an English form of any of various Gaelic surnames derived from the personal name Sitheach ‘wolf’. Americanized form of some like-sounding Ashkenazic Jewish surname. Chinese : variant of Shao.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Haw, Shan, Shad, Sas, Sham, Hew, Shao, Shean, Shah, Thaw

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Shaw Family Origin

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Shaw Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • School

    4%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Clerk

    2%

In 1881, the most common Shaw occupation in Canada was Farmer. 37% of Shaw's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Shaw family was Clerk. Farmer, School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Shaw.

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, Shaw life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Shaw in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Shaw

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